Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission.
Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.
February 9 & 11: Elegant Simplicity: Allied Works Architecture
We’ll begin with an introduction to Allied Works Architecture’s past work (including pictures) and how they approach a project. This will include context and relationship to other buildings and public spaces. Then we’ll discuss their creative process: how they approach design and study ideas. This will include talking about the study models that are in the exhibition.
February 10 & 12: Framing Main Street: Photos by Danny Singer
Photographer Danny Singer is a Canadian artist who uses his photographs to bring us the Main Street so many miss as they travel. We'll take a close look at photographs of towns along the northern borders of the USA and Canada that developed as the railroad tracks were laid down in the late 1800s.
February 16 & 18: The Queen of Sheba tapestry: Collision
The tapestry Composition with 3 Elements, also known as The Negress or the Queen of Sheba, is based on a painting made in the mid-1920s by the French cubist artist Albert Gleizes. The weaver, Mme. J de la Baum-Durrbach, specialized in weaving tapestry after paintings by contemporary artists, often—as with this hanging—under the supervision of the artist. She knew Gleizes well, as she and her husband lived in his home. It was designed about 1924-26 and was woven before 1951.
February 17 & 19: Harry Fonseca: Coyote Tales
Who is Harry Fonseca? Why is a traditional Maidu Indian character on a skateboard in Santa Monica? Come and find out while exploring how Fonseca playfully and colorfully uses the coyote trickster to challenge stereotypes.
February 23 & 25: A Close Look at E. Martin Hennings
Thanks to Chicago businessmen Carter H Harrison, Jr. and Oscar Mayer, Hennings received a trip to Taos in 1917, in exchange for whatever paintings he made of the region. It's all history from there. He was touted by a member of the Taos Society of Artists as the best artist in the Society. His historical contribution as a great American Western artist is definitely here to stay.
February 24 & 26: A Contemporary Leonardo
Leonardo Drew, creator of one of the most intriguing artworks at the DAM, is a study in contradictions. An internationally recognized artist, he grew up in a housing project adjacent to a landfill, and he tells us that the well-worn “found objects” in his art are actually “brand new stuff.” Come learn more about this remarkable artist and his art.
March 1 & 3: An Unusual Friendship
Picasso and Braque, the Spaniard and the Frenchman—so different in background, temperament, and aesthetics—became essential to one another. Discover what brought them together, what they shared, and what their collaboration produced!
March 2 & 4: 16th Century Aristocratic Artistry
We will decode The Triumphs of Love, Chastity, and Death and The Triumphs of Fame, Time and Divinity, two 16th century Italian ornamental panels. Based on a group of poems called the Triumphs by the poet Petrarch, the panels allude to early Roman triumphal processions.
March 8 & 10: The Egungun in Yoruba Society
The Egungun, a visible representative of departed spirits, is an important figure in Yoruba culture. We’ll discuss the place of the Egungun in that culture, as well as the way it has been conserved and displayed at the DAM.
March 9 & 11: Hennings & Jugendstihl
As a young art student in Munich, E. Martin Hennings was exposed to Art Nouveau, known as Jugendstihl, in Germany. Join us in viewing E. Martin Hennings' New Mexico art through an Art Nouveau lens.
March 15 & 17: Samurai Sword: Weapon or Art
The sword is the most revered and significant part of the Japanese warrior’s armor. We will briefly discuss it history, learn how it is made by master craftsmen, and study its artistic decoration. We will be able to examine a real sword and its accoutrements in a hands-on presentation.
March 16 & 18: Walter Ufer’s Point of View
Join us for a discussion of Walter Ufer's compositional strategies and his placement of the viewer.
March 22 & 24: Islam Through Its Art
Explore the eclecticism and sophistication of Islamic art through the past 1500 years where artists elaborated a rich vocabulary of ornamental design. Discover how their art reflects the very nature of its culture and society.
March 23 & 25: Identity & Memory: Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson, considered one of the leading artists of her generation, is most known for her provocative, always elegant, photographic works of social issues. Focusing on the video installation Easy to Remember, we will explore two of her main themes: identity and memory.
March 29 & 31: Ponti: The Man and His Castle
Who was Gio Ponti? Furniture designer, industrial designer, or architect? As we approach the 50th anniversary of the North Building, we'll explore Gio Ponti's inspiration for this building and the vision for the Denver Art Museum.
March 30 & April 1: Incensarios: Maya Rituals Burn!
Curator Margaret Sánchez-Young calls the DAM's collection of pre-Columbian art "one of the institution's most important assets." To understand how this artwork lit up the pre-Columbian world, we will explore the uses of our exceptional Maya incense burners, as well as examine and contrast similar objects from Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico.
April 5 & 7: Impressionist Landscapes
Impressionist landscape painters solved problems with the same tools used by artists throughout history: color, value, shape, and edges. By comparing paintings, we will analyze the artists' choices.
April 6 & 8: Tracey Emin: Goddess 2.0
Explore the sometimes shocking, but always entertaining, art of British contemporary artist Tracey Emin. A fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts, Emin takes us on a journey from extreme self-revelation to universal themes of sexuality, loss, and identity.
April 12 & 14: Bierstadt, Whittredge & Germany
Albert Bierstadt and Worthington Whittredge both studied art in Düsseldorf, Germany, when it was the place to go for art education. We'll explore the influence that training had on their art and talk briefly about the Hudson River School in which both were members.
April 13 & 15: Tactile Tables
Explore the process of making art “hands-on” with this interactive look at how the DAM designs and develops its Tactile Tables program.
April 19 & 21: A Chat with An Artist
A conversation with Osage ribbon applique artist Jan Jacobs. Jan is the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the DAM this spring.
April 20 & 22: Exploring Frames
A frame may sometimes have as much to say as a painting. From ornate to simple, gloriously gilded to plain wood, we’ll explore the “art of the edge” in the DAM’s galleries.
April 26 & 28: Seeing the Divine in Hindu Art
The art of India is as diverse as it is dynamic. The divine manifests itself in a variety of ways, including as intricately cast and sculpted figures found on Hindu temples. Our Asian art collection includes an exquisitely crafted Shiva, a joyfully dancing Ganesha, and several enigmatic goddess figures, each one created for the purpose of viewing the divine. We will talk about these individual masterpieces as well as the notion of darshan, seeing the divine image in Hindu art.
April 27 & 29: Samurai: Arts of Peace
Under the Tokugawa shogunate, Japan was at peace. Members of the ruling samurai class were warriors without battles to fight. Samurai were expected to use their leisure time to study history, philosophy, and art. We will discuss the influence of the samurai on Japanese art and culture during this period by examining pieces in our collection.